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Print Posted on 11/02/2016 in Articles

What is Moscato Wine

What is Moscato Wine

Moscato Wine – a Review

Anytime you review a list of wines, you will likely see some of the most common (red, white, sparkling) and well known wines on the list.  However, if you are looking for a wine which is not a historically well known wine, yet is starting to become very popular, then Moscato is the right wine for you.  The Moscato wine has grown in popularity and in sales by over 25% each of the last three years, making this a wine you need to ensure you know about.

What is Moscato Wine?

Moscato is a wine which is low in alcohol and very sweet.  The alcohol level tends to be just under 6%, with a variance of around .5%.  You will typically find Moscato in the white wine section of a liquor store, although there is another popular version of Moscato which is a Pink Moscato.  The acidic level of Moscato falls within the average of what you would expect from a wine which is based with multiple fruit options.

Moscato wine is a great wine to have when you are having dessert, as there is a natural fizz to the wine being it has some nodes of peach, orange and nectarine in it.  Along with these flavors, you can find other ingredients such as Lemon, Peaches and Apricots, to help give it a very sweet and fruity flavor.  

In addition to those fruits, some vineyards add other aromas such as Jasmine, Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Rose and Honeysuckle.  This way, their version of Moscato can be distinguishable from others and allow the Moscato to be known as more than just a dessert wine.

What kind of Grape is Used?  How is it Aged?

The grape that is most often used for Moscato wine is the Muscat grape, which is also the same type of grape which is used to make raisins.  The Muscat grape is naturally high in sugar, which is what translates over into the Moscato wine and gives the wine a sweet and fruity taste.  The Muscat grape can be found in a variety of places, including Brazil and Italy, allowing this kind of wine to be cultivated from numerous places, each with its own nuisances of flavor.  There are many different ways this wine is aged, but the most common being the oak aging process.  This process allows each wine maker to vary the color, texture and flavor of the wine. 

There are some versions of the Moscato which have a higher level of alcohol to them, but these varieties have not become as common as the White and Pink Moscato.  Wine makers seem to understand what has made Moscato wine so popular and they are sticking with it.  Due to this, more restaurants are offering it during appetizers and the main meals now, compared to just holding onto it for desserts.  For Moscato, the best serving temperature tends to be between 45 and 60 degrees. 

What are some comparable Wines?

To know if you would like Moscato or not before you have a taste, the comparable wines would be Malvasia, Prosecco, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.  If you appreciate any of these wines, then chances are you will also like a glass of Moscato.

Conclusion

The next time you are looking for a sweet wine, purchasing a glass of Moscato might be the right way to indulge your palate.  As the wine continues to grow in popularity, now might be the best time to have a glass and see if it is a wine to add to your own repertoire of great wines you enjoy.

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